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The Newsdesk 01.13.09 – SAG Talks Get Heated; Redford on Film Festival Boom

• With the Sundance Film Festival (which begins Thursday) celebrating
its 25th anniversary, founder Robert Redford let it be known that he thinks there are too many film festivals out there. As founder of the annual Newsdesk International Film Festival and Chili Cookoff, I beg to differ.

• A feud is brewing between Michael Bay and McG, the action-meisters behind this summer’s blockbusters Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Terminator: Salvation. Bay launched the first salvo on his website, accusing McG of ripping off his “giant robots smashing stuff” movie. McG fired back, reminding us that giant robots were around long before Bay’s Transformers. Now if only Uwe Boll would challenge them both to a boxing match!

• Heath Ledger’s mother revealed that the late actor’s Golden Globe award will go to his daughter Matilda, Ledger’s father added that the honor was “bittersweet.”

• Seth Rogen is premiering his latest comedy Observe and Report at this year’s SXSW festival. Observe, which Rogen stars in this summer along with Judd Apatow’s Funny People, finds Hollywood’s hottest funnyman playing a mall cop who butts heads with actual police officers. Wait, is Rogen stepping on Kevin James’ turf?

• Despite reports in several media outlets, SAG Chief Negotiator Doug Allen reportedly has not been ousted from his position in the tense union meetings currently taking place. Could this signal the end of strike talks, or stir up more trouble?  

• Everyone (under the age of 13) is buzzing about High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens auditioning for the Twilight sequel New Moon, which will be released a mere year after its predecessor. Well, at least they don’t have to worry about the cast getting too old.

• Hollywood loves to ride a trend, so it makes perfect sense that they would start throwing a ton of money at movies about the global financial crisis. Among the movies in development are a long-rumored Wall Street sequel, and Baz Luhrmann’s Depression-era Gatsby film. Whether this will be audiences’ idea of escapism in the coming years remains to be seen.



Inauguration to be shown in movie theaters

from Entertainment News –

Jan. 12 (UPI) — President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration will be screened
live in 27 U.S.
theaters, MSNBC said Monday.


Court delays video-on-demand decision

from Entertainment News –
Jan. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday delayed deciding if cable TV
providers can offer digital recordings of shows made at their offices to
subscribers, observers said.

SAG strike vote hangs in balance

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Andrew

The majority of the Screen Actors Guild’s 71-member national
board gathered in Los Angeles
on Monday for the first day of a two-day emergency meeting expected to focus on
whether to follow through with a promised strike authorization vote.

SAG’s Doug Allen out as negotiator

from – Film News

Film News: Board taking steps to table strike vote — After
lengthy closed-door sessions on the first day of the board’s two-day emergency
meeting, the Screen Actors Guild’s Doug Allen has been removed as the guild’s
lead negotiator in contract talks with the majors but will retain his role as
national executive director.

FilmNation buys GreeneStreet division

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

FilmNation, the international sales and distribution company
launched last year by former Weinstein Co. exec Glen Basner, has acquired
GreeneStreet Films’ international sales arm.


Redford says there are too many film festivals

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The Sundance Film
Festival, which kicks off in Park City,
, on Thursday, is celebrating
its 25th anniversary.

Sundance Survival Guide: Eats, Drinks, and Other To-Dos

from 2009 Sundance Festival | News

Aside from the 200-plus films being screened this year, the
Festival and Park
offer many other
things for you to do and ski. During the rare moments you’re not busy getting to, from, and into a screening, consider making
time for one of these don’t-miss offerings.

Real Stories: How Politics Affect Art

from 2009 Sundance Festival | News

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve spoken to many
talented filmmakers, and I’ve been surprised to see so many common
characteristics between documentary and narrative storytellers. It’s made me
think about the definition of story itself and the difference between reality
and fiction. It’s made me sure that documentaries have emerged from their
historic reputation as “academic” or “too good for you” to
share equal billing with narrative feature films.

More Adventureland Video Clips

from /Film by

Miramax has premiered new footage from Adventureland
on AICN and MySpace. Greg Mottola‘s new film premieres at the
2009 Sundance Film Festival next week, and we can’t wait to see it.

Carmelo Anthony named executive producer of movie based on Mike

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival” by

The film will premier in North America
later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in
theaters on April
24, 2009

a Taste of the Flush and Flashy ’80s Into Sundance

from NYT > Movies

“The Informers,” a film of Bret Easton Ellis
stories, swims against the tide.

Photos: At Sundance, where art, science and film collide

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival” by CNET News – San

The screening rooms at the Sundance Film Festival–kicking
off in Park City, Utah, this week–aren’t the only places
showcasing film innovation.

Look at ‘The Winning Season’ Through the Film’s Clip

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

This movie has been included in 2009 Sundance Film
line-up but no worldwide screen date has been suggested.

Timberland at Sundance

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

STRATHAM — Timberland recently announced it will be the
official footwear and outerwear sponsor of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
on Jan. 15-26 in Park City,


Once an underdog, `Slumdog’ is now a heavyweight

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK (AP) — In May,
“Slumdog Millionaire” appeared headed for that shameful scrap heap of
movies: a direct-to-video release….

Sequels, prequels, remakes lead 2009 pack

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood boldly goes where we’ve all
been before in 2009, with dozens of sequels, prequels, remakes, updates and
adaptations based on books, video games and toys….

Actress: Hudgens auditions for ‘New Moon’

from Entertainment News –

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 12 (UPI) — “High School Musical” starlet
Vanessa Hudgens has auditioned for a key role in the upcoming sequel to the hit
movie “Twilight,” a cast member says.

Cate Blanchett Eager To Find Director For ‘Cancer Vixen’

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
Imagine that you’re an actress not even forty years old, and you’ve already
been nominated for the Oscar four times, won it once, and worked alongside
everyone from Steven Spielberg to Leonardo DiCaprio to Peter Jackson and many
others. Where does Cate
go from here?


Martin’s clueless Clouseau is back on the case

from Movies – Top Stories

Steve Martin reprises the role of French Inspector Jacques
Clouseau inPink Panther 2, opening Feb. 6.

Possible ‘Moonlighting’ reunion film?

from – Film News

Film News: Hathaway talks up possible ‘Breakfast’ role —
Has it really been 20 years since one of the most brilliant, sexy and funny TV
shows ever went off the air? I do mean “Moonlighting,” which launched
the career of Bruce Willis and rescued the career of Cybill Shepherd.


Taylor Swift to guest star on CBS drama ‘CSI’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS says pop star Taylor Swift will
appear on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Hilary Duff Heading To Fox Sitcom

from Billboard News – All by Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood

Singer/actress Hilary Duff is attached to play a young
lawyer in a Fox sitcom that might be described as a legal version of
“Doogie Howser, M.D.”

Smallest TV audience in years watches Globes

from Television
The Golden Globes awards ceremony reeled in the big stars, but not much of a
television audience.


‘Grey’s’: Melissa George leaving!

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Golden Globe nominee (for ”In Treatment”) reveals to
Michael Ausiello: ”My last day of work is Tuesday”

‘Greek’ casts gay crush

from TV

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively that Gregory Michael
(”Dante’s Cove”) will play Calvin’s new love interest


’24’ recap: Jack’s back (and so is…)

from TV

After an almost two-year hiatus, season 7 kicks off with
D.C. intrigue, jetliners in danger, and the return of another familiar face


TNT orders Ray Romano’s ‘Men’ to series

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

The pickup season at TNT
continues with a series order for Ray Romano’s midlife crisis “Men of a
Certain Age.”

‘Barely Legal’ passes the bar at NBC

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

NBC has picked up for development “Barely Legal,”
a half-hour comedy based on the true story of Kathleen Holtz, who in November
2007 passed the notoriously difficult California bar at age 18 to become the
state’s youngest lawyer.

‘Conchords’ tunes take off online

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Jonathan Cohen,

HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” returns Sunday for
Season 2, and this time around, fans will be able to purchase music from each
episode the day after it airs.


Bono, Bruce, Beyonce To Play Inaugural Concert

from Billboard News – All by Jessica Letkemann, N.Y.

Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other
music stars will kick off Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural festivities by
performing at the opening celebration at Washington
‘s Lincoln Memorial on Jan.
18. The free event, which is open to the public, will also be broadcast on HBO.

U2 To Play New Single At BRIT Awards

from Billboard News – All by Andre Paine, London

U2 will play its new single, “Get on Your Boots,”
at the BRIT Awards ceremony on Feb. 17 at London‘s
Earls Court.
The band’s new album, “No Line on the Horizon,” arrives March 2
internationally and a day later in North America.

Loretta Lynn busy with two albums

from Reuters: Entertainment News


(Billboard) – Country legend Loretta Lynn is preparing two projects this year
to follow up her 2004 crossover hit, “Van Lear Rose.”

Adele on Working With Jack White: “Even If He Slapped Me,
It Would Have Been Cool”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone

Never let it be said that Jack White has no soul — the White
Stripe famously recorded the theme to Bond film Quantum of Solace with
Alicia Keys, but before he did that he made plans to record with British
soulster Adele.

Motown Records Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Today marks the official 50th anniversary of Motown Records,
and members of some of the label’s most famous acts were on hand in the Motor
City to help kick off what will be a year-long celebration for the famed label


50 Cent Disses Kanye West and Lil Wayne as “Before I Self
Destruct” Release Date Approaches

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

You can tell 50 Cent
has a new album coming out when he hits the radio and starts beefs with other
rappers for absolutely no reason.

Lady GaGa jumps to top of U.K. singles chart

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Paul Sexton, Billboard

Lady GaGa mirrored her current Billboard Hot 100 success by
moving to the top of the new U.K.
singles chart Sunday with “Just Dance” featuring Colby O’Donis.


Survey: More Americans reading literature

from Entertainment News –

Jan. 12 (UPI) — More U.S. residents, especially young people, are reading
literature, the first time that’s happened in 25 years, the National Endowment
for the Arts says.


Victim in Polanski case urges dismissal

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman who was raped by fugitive
director Roman Polanski three decades ago when she was 13 lashed out at the Los
Angeles County district attorney’s office on Monday, saying she is being
victimized again by prosecutors’ focus on lurid details of what happened to her….


Gandolfini stars on B’way in ‘God of Carnage’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready.
Tony Soprano on Broadway….

Amy Winehouse’s husband seeks divorce

from – Entertainment

Drummer Blake Fielder-Civil is trying to kick his Amy
Winehouse habit now that he’s seen photos of the singer cavorting with another
man in the Caribbean while he sits in a
British jail.

Ryan O’Neal sentenced to drug rehab

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) — U.S.
actor Ryan O’Neal has been sentenced by a Los
judge to undergo an 18-month drug
rehabilitation program.

Bundchen, Brady get engaged

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Brazilian supermodel Gisele
Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have made it official
by getting engaged, sources told People Monday.

Britney’s Facebook requires a Harvard grad

from Gossip

Looks like Britney Spears’ people are advertising on a
Harvard-only job board to find someone to manage the singer’s social-media

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